The annual Al-Sumait Prize honors individuals or institutions who have, through their work or research, made significant advances in the fields of food security, health, and education in Africa. An initiative of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the late Amir of the State of Kuwait, it’s goal to shine a light on those making a positive difference to sustainable development in Africa.

Administered by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and a Board of Trustees, the awards celebrate the work and accomplishments of Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who spent his lifetime helping the poor in Africa in the field of health and education.

The objective of the prizes is to recognize best studies, scientific projects, applied research, and innovative initiatives that have a significant impact and lasting influence on advancing progress to economic and social development in Africa.


A short introduction
to the prize

The prize honors individuals or institutions who help to advance economic and social development, human resources development and infrastructure on the African continent. The prize is awarded annually within one of three fields – Food Security, Health and Education – and has a value of $1,000,000 (One million US dollars). The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and our international Board of Trustees, comprising of respected philanthropists and experts in the field, oversee the prize.



Our Trustees

It is a great honor for us to have these distinguished people as the members of
the Board of Trustees of the Al-Sumait Prize

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